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01/25/2013

Editor's Choice Pictures of the Day - Scene of Multi-Vehicle Crash on 401 - January 25, 2013

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Pictures from the scene of the multivehicle pile-up on Hwy 401 near Newcastle, Ontario.  This blog will be updated as new photos become available.

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Rescue workers at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Newtonville Road between Port Hope and Clarington in Newcastle, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Walton

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The scene of a multi-vehicle crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Newtonville Road between Port Hope and Clarington in Newcastle, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Walton

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 The scene of a multi-vehicle crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Newtonville Road between Port Hope and Clarington in Newcastle, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Walton

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 The scene of a multi-vehicle crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Newtonville Road between Port Hope and Clarington in Newcastle, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Walton

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Rescue workers at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Newtonville Road between Port Hope and Clarington in Newcastle, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Walton

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Rescue workers at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Newtonville Road between Port Hope and Clarington in Newcastle, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matthew Walton

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A vehicle is crushed under a transport truck at the Mill Street exit, westbound on Hwy. 401. The car was one of dozens involved in a massive collision on Jan. 25, 2013.  Karen Longwell / Northumberland

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Dozens of vehicles were involved in a massive collision just east of the Mill Street exit, westbound Hwy. 401 on Jan. 25, 2013.  Karen Longwell / Northumberland

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A police attends the scene of accident on highway 401 in Newcastle, Ontario on Friday Jan. 25, 2013. At least seven people have been injured, some critically, in a multi-vehicle collision on a busy southern Ontario highway. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

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A tow truck operator attends the scene of accident on highway 401 in Newcastle, Ontario on Friday Jan. 25, 2013. At least seven people have been injured, some critically, in a multi-vehicle collision on a busy southern Ontario highway. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

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The scene of a multi-vehicle crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Newtonville Road between Port Hope and Clarington in Newcastle, Ont., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. At least seven people have been injured, some critically, in a multi-vehicle collision on a busy southern Ontario highway. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

 

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Wow, and no one was killed. As an OPP officer reflected on the Highway 11 pile up last week, "sometimes, 10 km is to fast.

i've just come home, please slow down, most accidents can be avoided. Gayle

Wow pretty serious pile up. Could of been avoided if people:

1) slow down
2) have winter tires installed
3) slow down

Today's event should be a wake up call for all the tailgaters on GTA roads who think that their vehicles are equipped with special tires and brakes that allow them to travel at high speeds during winter travel conditions, putting everyone around them at risk.

Holy smokes. Terrible accident.

Problem is so many people have SUVs with 4 wheel drive that they assume they can do whatever they want in any weather. They forget that 4 wheel drive doesn't help them slow down because EVERY vehicle has 4 wheel brakes.

What you people dont understand is the term WHITE OUT. It means you cant see ahead of you. If someone slides and crashes, nobody knows this until its too late. Then you try and slow down and you end up sliding and crashing. Then the person behind you does the same thing. Cant prevent what you cant see. But we all need to slow down when these conditions are present.

I have a truck stuck in this mess the poor man has been sitting there for 6 hours this is nuts suerly they can turn these vehicles around and let these people come home absolute crap

Horrible, Hope these guys will be fine and back to work in next few days,
Highway Snow cleanup team needs to be more Active all time, as these Snowy days comes just once and twice in GTA, and these Major Accidents can be avoided, Just check with Manitoba High Guys, how they are maintaining the things in Very Bad weather. Praying for these victims ...

I drove by this going east - the roads were terrible all the way from Toronto until shortly east of this accident. I think the west bound drivers had roads that weren't too bad, then very suddenly came into bad conditions. East bound was traveling at about 50km / hr if that as they had bad roads for a long time. It was a horrific scene - I'm amazed there weren't more injures. My thoughts are with the seriously injured.

My wife was hit in the summer of 2010 by an unattentive truck driver on the 401, air flown to St. Mike's and survived, to this day she has not driven again due to injuries, and we're still fighting with insurance companies, with the courts to bogged down from all the other people fighting their insurance companies to be much help...I feel for all the people here...just because the highway gets cleared up and traffic starts flowing again doesn't mean it's over for all the people involved...no matter the reason it happened...good luck with your journeys thru your recoveries. God Bless

Horrific photos - as a comment only - they look like a clash of the titans

Post by Kirk ... I agree with you ... I was stuck between Port Hope and Newtonville for 7 hours. I witnessed families with small children and babies running out of gas and having no food water or heat for their children. People were walking around on the highway. The traffic congestion was handled very poorly by authorities and it surprised me when we finally got moving and to the Newtonville exit there was not one single police officer directing any traffic. To me they should have had officers on snow mobiles checking on the thousands of people stranded in the cold weather on the 401. If this is an example of what it might be like in an evacuation I don't want to be there.

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